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Monday, February 24, 2014

Cygnet is Participating at CeBIT 2014

Cygnet is participating at CeBIT 2014 between 10th and 14th March, 2014 at Hannover, Germany.


Cygnet is Participating at CeBIT 2014

CeBIT is the world’s largest ICT conference and exhibition that unites leading IT masterminds, experts and IT solutions providers at one place. Over the years, CeBIT has emerged as the most prominent platform for companies and individuals to initiate deals, form synergistic partnerships and tap opportunities to network with top influencers of the ICT industry.


This is the third time that we have packed our bags for CeBIT after participating at CeBIT 2011 and CeBIT 2012. At CeBIT 2014, we will be showcasing a host of services across software development lifecycle with a view to make further inroads into the European IT markets.


Our offerings at CeBIT 2014 will comprise of services ranging from software product designing to re-engineering and modernizing applications, application testing and digital marketing. In addition, we will be presenting an extensive expertise in the areas of enterprise content management, cloud computing, enterprise mobility and business intelligence.

Visitors can visit us at Stand D-04, Hall No. 6 to personally meet our representatives and discuss their areas of concerns around software development and maintenance.

To claim a free complimentary pass to CeBIT 2014 or schedule  a meeting with us, write to us at info@cygnet-infotech.com or fill up a form here.

See you at CeBIT 2014.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

JOSH 2014 – Annual Sports Meet @ Cygnet

Cygnet Infotech celebrated its Annual Sports Day on 8 Feb 2014. Titled JOSH 2014, the event was held at the Veer Saavarkar Sports Complex. It was a fun-filled day with about a 100 participants bringing their competitiveness, energy and verve in every sport. While a majority were excited about the cricket matches, dozens participated in basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, tennis, chess and carrom.

The event started with fresh faces early in the morning at 10 AM, and while most of us were worn down by our exertions by the end of the day, there was a big smile on the faces of the winners in the evening!

But in spite of the physical effort, it was a fabulous day for all, owing to the healthy breakfast in the morning, fortifying lunch in the noon (followed by tea in a couple of hours), tasty snacks in the evening, and the constant stream of energy drinks -- all thanks to the perfect organization by the HR team and enthusiastic help from the support staff.

Words can’t do much justice to our power-packed sports day. Better let the pictures do the talking!











Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Top 5 Android Apps to Use in an Office

These days, there are so many android apps use in offices that you couldn’t be expected to keep track of them all. Even so, a few of the apps available to professionals are such efficiency boosters that you really can’t afford to work without them. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of five must-have apps for office workers:

The Top 5 Android Apps to Use in an Office

Top 5 Android Apps to Use in an Office
Android Apps to Use in an Office

Cisco WebEx Meetings


This is an ideal app for professionals on the go. If your company uses WebEx to schedule and conduct meetings, you can then use this app to take your web meetings with you wherever you go. It includes plenty of handy features that are designed with your Android device in mind. To begin with, your phone gets a call-back number so that the meeting can reconnect with you should you be logged off. On top of that, it features full-screen view and multiple-connection capabilities. 

Free, but must interface with an existing WebEx account

Touchdown

 

This app interfaces with your companies MS Exchange server, and that’s a big deal for professionals who require Exchange support (quite a few people, in other words). Through a single interface, the app accesses your calendar, contacts, tasks and email. It also offers a host of configuration options, which is really where the app starts to set itself apart. You can select which buttons appear on the viewer screen and can tweak just about any aspect of its functionality that you could dream of. Touchdown includes strong security measures, so your IT administrator is probably going to be okay with you using it to access the Exchange server. In fact, once they see this app in action, they’re likely download it themselves.

US$19.99, with a 30-day free trial

Dropbox

 

With an increasing number of professionals heading to the Cloud to collaborate on projects and store files, we’re starting to see less collaboration in the brick and mortar world. Sure, you and your colleagues share the same office space, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily share the same storage systems and databases. Platforms like Dropbox help consolidate aspects of the Cloud into a single, manageable space that you can share with anyone you choose. There may be better Cloud-based apps out there, but Dropbox performs solidly and enjoys unprecedented support across multiple products and platforms.

Free and premium (more storage space) versions available

SwiftKey X

 

This award-winning Android app will drastically reduce the number of times you hit the delete key as you’re typing on your Android device. When you’re at work, time wasted is time that could’ve been billed, and this adds up over the long term. SwiftKey X uses artificial intelligence technology to remember words, phrases and sentences that you have typed in the past, and uses this to predict what you are about to type now. This may sound trivial, but it has to be tried to be believed. Once you start using this app, you’ll be hooked.

One-time fee of US$1. 96 – more than worth it

CamCard


This is one of those apps you never knew you needed until you actually started using it. After that, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. CamCard uses your device’s camera to scan a business card and extract information from it. Better yet, this information is then saved directly to your contacts. For starters, this saves you the time and hassle of creating a new contact every time you’re introduced to a new colleague or prospective client. And if we’re being honest, we’ve all lost a business card or two in the course of our careers. The ability to scan in all the cards you received at the end of a day increases your chances of retaining new contact info.

Ad-supported free (limited) and premium versions available

Regus is the world’s largest supplier of flexible office space and other office related services, with 1800 business center locations over 100 countries.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Celebration Week at Cygnet

While the Santa Claus was about to arrive with Jingle Bells and lots of surprise gifts, we at Cygnet thought to pep up everyone in the Christmas mood. To instil the excitement and festive feel among employees, we announced a Christmas Week at Cygnet with fun-filled activities and of course lot of surprises.

The celebrations started on 25th December that is exactly on Christmas Eve. We decorated all the offices with illuminating Christmas trees, lights, balloons, and much more. All the offices were blooming in Red color as the employees too followed the Red & White dress-code for the day. 

The evening saw a huge excitement when the Santa visited every office to give gifts and chocolates to every employee. The whole atmosphere was dipped into Christmas mood and the employees enjoyed gorging on cakes and clicking photos with Santa.

Here’s a quick look at the funniest moments of the Christmas day at Cygnet.

Christmas Celebration at Cygnet

Day 2 was declared as a Green day when all the employees came in green dress-code. The day was going like another working day until a Sudoku Competition was announced. The competition saw a huge participation from all the employees.

Here are the glimpses of Green Day and Sudoku Competition
Green Day Celebration at Cygnet

On the 3rd day we celebrated Blue day with Pizza party while on the 4th day, we organized a Quiz competition when all the Cygnetians teamed up in Yellow color.

Yellow Day Celebration at Cygnet

On the 5th day of celebration i.e. on 31st December, we bid goodbye to 2013 wearing black color. We all enjoyed making the most of the last day of 2013 by playing games and doing fun activities. One the whole, we celebrated a great year-end at Cygnet.

The celebration continued till 1st Jan, 2014, when we welcomed the new year wearing multi-colored clothes so that the year brings colorful and challenging projects and opens up more avenues to achieve success and great heights. 

We all greeted and wished a great new year to each other as well as clients and ended the celebration with a resolution to achieve more client satisfaction, expand the capabilities and create footprints in more countries and industries.

Check out the chilling moments below
Black Day Celebration at Cygnet


Monday, November 25, 2013

Java Based Frameworks Perform Faster than .NET, Rails or Python! (Findings)

While Oracle released Java 7 update 40 a few months back, it seems that Oracle’s push for Java is not just its illusion! According to the recent tests by TechEmpower, Java web apps or frameworks really beat its toughest rivals, such as .NET, Rails & Python, when it comes to the performance. In a test, Java whitewashes the other popular frameworks with a great lead in terms of faster performance.

From the beginning of March, 2013, TechEmpower, has performed a series of performance benchmarks for different popular web applications server frameworks including Ruby on Rails, Django and others, to test their performance. The benchmarks are released as an open source over GitHub, so anyone willing to have their own framework benchmarked can easily tap the code, add their own tests and submit the results.

You may find plenty of resources over the internet claiming that ASP.NET frameworks, Django and others are more powerful and performance-driven compared to Java, but the benchmarks have brought some surprising results for die-hard Java fans. During the tests, most of the frameworks like Sinatra for Ruby, ASP.NET frameworks and Django for Python failed to rank well in terms of performance. Among all the test frameworks, Java-based frameworks really dazzled everyone through their performance!

Over the years, Oracle is trying hard to push the Java as one-size-fits-all solution, and has left no stone unturned to convince the world about its performance. The recent benchmarks would definitely boost its confidence in Java for sure.

With the rapidly changing technology, Oracle is planning to bring Java 8 in the near future that will be a unified solution of all the Java editions in order to help developers write a single code for both embedded devices and servers. Another revolutionary Java project is “Java Avatar”, which is nothing but a JavaScript and HTML5 services layer for Java that is going to work with Grizzly, a Java framework.

Of course, Java frameworks perform well, but is performance enough for Oracle to gamble about in the future?

What’s your take on this? Share your opinions or views in the comments…!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

127 Units of Blood Donated at Cygnet’s Annual Blood Donation Drive

Every year, Cygnet Infotech organizes a blood donation drive as a part of its CSR activities. This year, with the help of Gujarat branch of Indian Red Cross Society, we donated 127 units of blood.  We began this initiative in 2010, and more and more employees have been coming forward to donate their blood every year.  



Last year, 106 employees had volunteered to donate their blood, while this year 127 people stepped forward for blood donation. This is our largest blood donation contribution till date, and it was kicked off by the first donor: our Managing Director, Mr. Niraj Hutheesing. Pleased with the tremendous response to the campaign, he said, “I am thrilled by the enthusiasm and love with which so many Cygnetians have taken part in the blood donation campaign. I appreciate their actions and am grateful to all the donors for their selfless actions.”

Indian Red Cross Society’s team leader for the event, Mr. Viral Joshi, highlighted the issues faced his medical organizations in Gujarat, “We do not have enough blood donors in Gujarat. People in our community are averse to donating blood because of baseless fears and superstitions. And, this creates a big problem for the community as there is barely enough blood to meet the needs of emergency and regular patients. Gujarat also has over a thousand Thalassemia major children who need blood transfusion on a regular basis. So, receiving such a substantial quantity from Cygnet is highly appreciated.”

Moved by a desire to help the children, several employees resolved to donate blood on a regular basis. Currently, out of 60% of eligible donors in India, less than 5% donate their blood. Some institutions estimate that while the country needs 40 million units every year, only 4 million are available. Cygnet Infotech is committed to make real contributions to the society, and by educating and encouraging our employees to donate blood and participate in other similar initiatives, we hope to inspire a sense of social responsibility and care in our organization.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

10 Tips to Make Your Offshore Java Development Productive

ISVs and software vendors are always in search for alternatives to fulfill their business objectives and goals at the lowest cost possible. One of the best possible strategy that can help them save money while reducing the development and IT overhead is to outsource the software requirements to the offshore development company.

For almost every technology, you can get a reliable outsourcing partner who can steeply reduce your development as well as maintenance cost.

There have been lots of articles and blogs written about the outsourcing process. Of course, it is beneficial for you to make yourself familiar with the outsourcing process, but do you know how to make your offshore development more effective and productive for your business?

Let us try to find an answer today for ISVs and software development companies who are Java development company and are considering Java development outsourcing to make their overall process more effective and productive.

1. Don’t forget to clearly define the scope and plan for your Java development venture
This might seem a must-to-do thing whenever you outsource your Java development venture, but any successful Java development project always initiates with the clear scope of the project. It is important that you define your project requirements up front for the service provider in order to get precise proposal and a reasonable price quote for your project.

Moreover, try to be straightforward about the deliverables you’re expecting from the vendor. Also, you should be clear about the project schedule requirements as it may have a huge impact on the overall cost of your project.

2. Well-defined criteria and Quantifiable objectives
It is very important that the objectives are quantifiable in order to make it achievable through outsourcing. If it is possible for the potential customers to compare the performance with the pre-established objectives, the benefits of outsourcing would be quite clear. Moreover, it would help the service providers to know where they stand when it comes to fulfil the expectations of the customers.

A well-defined criteria like what framework of Java to be used, what database to be deployed, which Java server to be deployed, etc. would help you achieve quantifiable objectives, service quantities, quality and customer satisfaction on the go.

3. Know & learn JAVA
To make your Java development outsourcing successful and productive, it is very important that you power-up your understanding with Java. It will help you leverage qualitative services for your application development. All you’ve to do is to sharpen your Java basic knowledge like coding structure, frameworks, availability, usefulness and more. You can find a whole host of reference material and documents online. 

4. Find Your Needs
Once you’re done with Java basic knowledge, it is time for you to create a road map for your Java development venture. You can conduct a small research over Java using websites and portals to know the exact nature of your website. It will help you identify desired features of your application or website.

5. Search for skilled Java professionals that suit your project needs
Generally, the offshore Java development partner you choose will have enough experience of developing projects that you’re undertaking, but that doesn’t mean you overlook other things. It becomes more critical when you’re having a project requiring a lot of technical expertise. Therefore, always look for professionals and skilled developers who can understand your business needs and deliver the right kind of solution to achieve your goals. If possible, go for a company which provides Java certified developers to work for your project.

6. Never choose a service provider based on PRICE
Of course, price is the major concern whenever you outsource your Java projects, but that doesn’t mean you choose a vendor based solely on price. The success or failure of your Java development project does not depend on the price quote offered by the service provider. It is important you look for a service provider that offer a balance of good value and quality results.

7. Monitor and Track the development
Once you’re done with the hiring process, it is important you spare some time to look out for the development process. You can ask the service provider to provide development process updates either on weekly or regular basis. It will help you understand the ongoing process of your project by going through the reports. Moreover, you can also show your concerns about the specific task during the development process.

8. Arrange payment for pre-defined project milestones
It is important that you have a work plan for your Java development project with pre-defined milestones. With the help of pre-defined checkpoints to review the progress of your project is the easiest way to meet the deadlines. Moreover, you should tie the payment with each milestone. You can pay 20-30% of the payment up front, but remaining payment should be done at the completion of the pre-defined milestones.

9. Negotiate ownership of work straightforwardly
When you outsource your Java development project, it is important that you have a clear idea about who is going to own the code and resulting product. Ensure that the offshore partner understands how you are going to use the deliverables provided by them.

10. Extend the Contract
If you feel satisfied with the work of the offshore partner, you can extend the contract further in order to keep the developers available for you whenever you need any changes or technical support from them. You can go for long-term contract as it will help you leverage from the low maintenance and service charges.

Ensure you follow all the tips discussed above in order to make your Java development outsourcing productive and effective for your business. Have you tried any of these tips before? Share your views and experiences in the comments…!